Today I am sharing an amazing recipe for Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheese Calzones. This recipe is from, Jessica McCoy, is a recipe developer, writer and food photographer blogging over at AllSheCooks.com. If you got intimidated when you thought of making homemade calzones, don’t be. Her cheese calzone recipe is actually pretty easy to make.
More often than not, you’ll find me in the kitchen preparing meals from scratch for my family. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t even have to be difficult. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming. It just has to be good. All of my recipes focus on being homemade, easy, and delicious
Lately, I’ve been playing around with pizza dough. I’ve been cooking up calzones, pizzas, and bread sticks. All with a super simple pizza dough that is no fail. You really can’t go wrong with this dough. I kid you not.
Like with these cheese calzones. Now… I’m sure you saw the broccoli in the picture. Yes, these are chicken, broccoli and cheese calzones. The beauty of this recipe is that if you make it as is, you get all the protein, veggies and dairy in one tidy meal. If, however, your family is not down with broccoli… omit it for a plain chicken calzone recipe. If you’d like a vegetarian calzone recipe, just leave out the chicken. Simple as that!
But… don’t forget the sauce for dipping! Served on the side, a pizza sauce or marinara sauce is a key part of the presentation.
Chicken Broccoli and Cheese Calzone Recipe:
First: Make your pizza dough. Whatever pizza dough you want. I’m partial to the homemade yeast dough our family uses (link to recipe above) but use what you like. Or even store bought fresh pizza dough from your bakery department will work just fin.
There are two different methods I like to use for making calzones. The first is making a braid out of the dough (learn how to braid dough here). Super easy!
The second option, a simple half moon. Make a circle out of your dough (rolling, pressing or stretching), load half of it with fillings, and fold it over. Press the dough together and seal. This is probably the most traditional calzone method.
For both of these methods you can use a pastry brush to paint on some egg wash or butter to give the outside a golden brown appearance. Egg wash results in a deeper golden tone than butter.
Now, with my chicken, broccoli and cheese calzones, I chose the braid method. I think it offers a gorgeous presentation. But that’s just me. You choose whichever method works for you.
Chicken and Cheese Calzones Ingredients:
- Pizza dough
- 1 cup frozen broccoli (thawed, patted dry)
- 1/2 pound cooked chicken breast (chopped or shredded)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon pizza/pasta seasoning (I use Dean Jacob’s)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
How To Make Calzones
Preheat oven to 425.
Mix together calzone filling- broccoli, chicken, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, and seasonings.
Roll, or press out dough into either a rectangle if braiding or a circle if making enclosed calzones.
Fill with chicken and broccoli mix and braid or press dough together to close. Brush top with egg wash or melted butter for a golden brown when baked.
Bake at 425 for 12-18 minutes. If you are baking on a pizza stone, you will likely need to bake for a few minutes longer.
Serve with marinara or pizza sauce. We love homemade calzones and we think you will too!
Printable Recipe For Calzones
I hope you enjoy this chicken, broccoli, cheese calzone recipe and don’t forget to just leave out the chicken if you need a vegetarian calzone recipe that is still full of great flavor.